Oct. 27, 1997
Notre Dame "B" Teams Compete at Central Collegiate Championships
Irish Prepare for BIG EAST Championships
Notre Dame, Ind.- The Notre Dame men's and women's B cross country teams competed at the Central Collegiate Championships on Friday, October 17. The men placed fifth while the women took home a sixth-place finish. Sophomore Sean McManus (Hernando, Fla.) led the men with a 20th-place finish as he ran to a time of 25:25, and Patti Rice (Mishawaka, Ind.) was the top finisher for the women as she placed 14th with a time of 18:31.
BIG EAST Championships Preview. Notre Dame travels to Bronx, N.Y., to compete in the BIG EAST cross country championships on Friday, October 31. The women's race begins at 10:30 a.m. while the men's race begins at 11:10 a.m. Providence is the defending champions for both the men and the women. This figures to be a highly competitive meet as four women's and two men's teams are currently ranked in the top 25. On the men's side, Notre Dame will look to improve on last year's fourth place finish as the ninth-ranked Irish are the highest ranked team at the BIG EAST Championships. Senior All-American Jason Rexing (Pickerington, Ohio) is the top returnee from last year's championships and will look to improve on last year's second-place finish. Junior Antonio Arce (Palmdale, Calif.) and freshman Ryan Shay (Central Lake, Minn.) have consistently been the two top runners for the Irish and will look to lead the Irish to their first-ever BIG EAST championship after finishing third in 1995 and fourth in 1996.
On the women's side, the Irish will look to surpass last year's fifth place finish. Sophomore All-American JoAnna Deeter (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) is the top returning finisher from last year's championships and has her eye on capturing first place after finishing a close second last year. Sophomore Alison Klemmer (Troy, Mich.) will compete in her first BIG EAST Championships and will look to continue her stellar season.
Central Collegiate Championships Review: On the men's side, the Irish finished with 162 points, finishing behind Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Senior Mike Conway (Springfield, Va.) was the second Irish finisher as he came in right behind McManus in 21st place with a time of 25:28, and junior Ryan Blaney (Toms River, N.J.) ran well as he finished in 26th place with a time of 25:32.
On the women's side, Notre Dame finished with 152 points, finishing behind Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Bradley, and Western Michigan. Senior Heidi Reichenbach (Plainfield, Ill.) came in second for the Irish and 19th overall with a time of 18:37, and sophomore Denise Bakula (North Tonawanda, N.Y.) just missed placing in the top 30 as she finished 32nd with a time of 19:00.
NCAA MEN'S TOP 25 October 20, 1997 No. Team Pts. 1. Stanford (10) 394 2. Arkansas (6) 389 3. Michigan 367 4. Colorado 349 5. Oregon 327 6. Wisconsin 320 7. Michigan State 296 8. North Carolina St. 294 9. NOTRE DAME 243 10. Washington State 240 11. Eastern Michigan 212 12. Weber State 182 13. Oklahoma State 177 14. Arizona 168 15. Missouri 160 16. Miami (Ohio) 158 17. Georgetown 138 18. Washington 120 19. William & Mary 106 20. BYU 81 21. North Carolina 64 22. UCLA 54 23. Iona 51 24. Minnesota 41 25. Princeton 40 Lynx Timing System NCAA WOMEN'S TOP 25 October 14, 1997 No. Team Pts. 1. Stanford (9) 225 2. BYU 215 3. Wisconsin 208 4. Oregon 194 5T.Providence 184 5T Colorado 184 7. Villanova 173 8. Arkansas 159 9. North Carolina St. 155 10. Dartmouth 147 11. Georgetown 126 12. North Carolina 120 13. William & Mary 111 14. Michigan 109 15. Boston College 90 16. Colorado State 89 17. Nebraska 76 18. Florida 74 19. Weber State 51 20. UCLA 49 21. Northern Arizona 37 22. Washington 28 23. Coastal Carolina 26 24. Marquette 20 25. Baylor 19